Notable Emsworth People


Sir Peter Blake - Yachtsman, buried at nearby Warblington Church.

 Denise Black - Actress, best known for playing Denise Osbourne in the ITV1 soap Coronation Street and Hazel in Queer As Folk in 1999/2000.


Len Butt (Capt L. G. Butt Ex D-Day Sapper 184 Field Coy., R.E), D-Day Veteran

 Of the 61,000 British soldiers who stormed the beaches of Normandy 70 years ago on June 6th 1944, fewer than 500 are still alive,  amongst them is Len Butt.  Len, born in Emsworth in 1926, spent his early years in one of the cottages at the junction of the High street and North Street where Central Building stands, now lives in Westbourne.

In 2004 Len wrote an account of his D-Day experiences which can be read HERE.



Albert Finney,  actor, has lived in Emsworth for a number of years.  Beginning in theatre, Finney achieved especial success as a Shakespearean actor before switching to film. He achieved prominence in film during the early 1960s. BIOGRAPHY (External link)


Tim Gudgin (born November 1929) is a British radio presenter and voiceover artist. He is best known for announcing the football results on the BBC sports programme Final Score. He was educated at the independent Whitgift School in South Croydon, London, but did not go to university. He succeeded Len Martin after his death in 1995. He had previously worked on the programme announcing the rugby and racing results. He retired on 19 November 2011. Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker described Gudgin as "one of the most familiar voices in sport" and "a quintessential part of Saturday afternoons in this country".
Gudgin has broadcast with the BBC since 1952. His voice has been heard on the BBC Radio 4 quiz Quote... Unquote, Housewives' Choice, Top of the Form and Friday Night is Music Night, amongst others. Interviewed in November 2011 Gudgin said, "I did an in-vision commercial for Square Deal Surf which bought me the first house I ever had without a mortgage, so that was well worth it."Gudgin is a Crystal Palace supporter and lives in Emsworth, Hampshire.Tim Gudgin died in November 2017 - Read his Obituary from The Times HERE

Sir Mark Evelyn Heath - Diplomat, British Ambassador to Chad (1975–1978), the first British Ambassador to Holy See (1982–1985) and Head of Protocol for the Hong Kong Government (1985–1988).

Lt-Gen Sir Brian Horrocks (1895-1985) -  the prominent WWII general, commander of XXX Corps at Arnhem, retired from the army after the war as a result of wounds received during the earlier Tunisian campaign. Described by Eisenhower as “the outstanding British general under Montgomery,” he was Black Rod in the House of Lords 1949-63, writer of military histories, and more widely known for presenting several TV war documentaries.

His home in Emsworth was the Poor House adjacent to St James’s church. When his daughter married John Herbert, son of A P Herbert, he gave the couple his cottage on the Town Millpond. In wartime, General Montgomery used to refer to him as “Jorrocks,” a nod to the good-natured sporty character in R S Surtees’ Victorian stories – and he was similarly known for his affability in Emsworth.  Read an extract from Lt-General Horrocks' autobiography HERE



Noel Kinnell - civic leader, brewery owner and benefactor  Read More HERE

Nicholas Lyndhurst - Actor, best known for playing Rodney Trotter in Only Fools and Horses.

 J. C. Reger (1926-2006) - Teacher, Historian and author Read More

Lee Spencer - Musician, music theorist and record producer.

Malcolm Waldron -Footballer, former Southampton, Burnley and Portsmouth player.

 William Whitcher - Former Hampshire cricketer.

George Wilder - Former Hampshire and Sussex cricketer whose name is inscribed on a stone at Emsworth Post Office dated 1906.

P.G. Wodehouse Writer see  PG Wodehouse in Emsworth 


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